Harvard Law School recognizes ‘Israel’ as apartheid regime

Massachusetts (QNN)- The US-based Harvard Law School has recognized ‘Israel’ as an apartheid regime.

In a recent report to the UN, the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School recognized the apartheid character of the Israeli regime.

The report was in response to a call for submissions from the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the OPT and ‘Israel’.

Addameer​, in partnership with the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School, contributed the joint submission.

The report’s title is Apartheid in the Occupied West Bank: A Legal Analysis of Israel’s Actions.

It analyses whether Israel’s legal regime in the occupied West Bank violates the prohibition of apartheid under international law.

The submission also outlines Israel’s discriminatory laws, policies, and practices in the occupied West Bank.

The groups said Israel’s discriminatory law “create a dual legal system.”

This system “systematically discriminates against Palestinians and suppresses their civil and political rights.”

The submission also finds “Israel’s actions in the occupied West Bank are in breach of the prohibition of apartheid.”

Moreover, it finds that its actions “amount to the crime of apartheid under international law.”

The Human Rights Council established the Commission of Inquiry in May 2021.

It aimed to investigate “all alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law.”

“..leading up to and since 13 April 2021” in the OPT, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel.

In addition, it aimed to investigate “all underlying root causes of recurrent tensions, instability and protraction of conflict.”

This included “systematic discrimination and repression based on national, ethnic, racial or religious identity.”

Amnesty International said lately ‘Israel’ is carrying out “the crime of apartheid against Palestinians.”

B’Tselem also asserted that Israeli policies had been designed to enforce “Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea”.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch last year became the first international rights group to publicly level the allegation of apartheid.

(Source / 20.03.2022)

Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian In Jerusalem

On Sunday, Israeli soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man in Silwan town and invaded the al-Isawiya town, in occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Local sources said the soldiers stopped Mohammad Yahia Jaber in the Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan and abducted him.

The soldiers also invaded the al-Isawiya town before stopping and searching many young men while inspecting their ID cards.

On Sunday at dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted a former political prisoner near Jenin in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The soldiers also abducted seven Palestinians in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank.

(Source / 20.03.2022)

WAFA: “In a joint report with Addameer, Harvard Law School recognizes Israel as apartheid regime”

WASHINGTON, Sunday, March 20, 2022 (WAFA) – The Massachusetts-based Harvard Law School has recognized Israel as an apartheid regime, joining an array of organizations labeling Israel as such for its practices in occupied Palestine.

In a recent report to the United Nations, the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School joined the international community by recognizing the apartheid character of the Israeli regime.

The 22-page joint report titled Apartheid in the Occupied West Bank: A Legal Analysis of Israel’s Actions, which was developed in collaboration with the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, found that the Israel regime’s practices in the occupied West Bank amounted to criminal activities in breach of the prohibition of apartheid.

The report focuses on the legal regime enforced by Israel against Palestinians specifically in the occupied West Bank, and “finds that Israel’s actions in the occupied West Bank are in breach of the prohibition of apartheid and amount to the crime of apartheid under international law.”

Last month, Amnesty International issued a “damning” report calling for Israeli authorities to be held accountable for committing the crime of apartheid against Palestinians

The Amnesty investigation detailed how Israel enforces a system of oppression and domination against the Palestinian people wherever it has control over their rights. This includes Palestinians living in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), as well as displaced refugees in other countries.

(Source / 20.03.2022)

PPS: “31 Women, Including Ten Mothers, Imprisoned By Israel”

In a report released Sunday, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said that, while various parts of the world, including Palestine, are preparing to celebrate Mother’s Day (March 21), Israel is still holding captive twenty-one women, including ten mothers.

The PPS said Israel does not allow the families who are permitted to visit with their imprisoned loved ones to have any physical contact as they always must speak while separated by barriers; therefore, detained mothers cannot hug or even touch their children, and occupation authorities continue to deny the detainees the right to interact with their families by phone or other means.

The imprisoned mothers are Isra’ Ja’abis, Fadwa Hamamda, Amani al-Hasheem, Khitam Sa’afeen, Itaf Jaradat, Sa’adiyya Farajallah, Fatima Elian, Shorouq al-Badan, and Yasmin Sha’ban.

The PPS said Ja’abis was sentenced to eleven years in prison, while Fadwa Hammad and Amani al-Hasheem were sentenced to ten years in prison, and Shorouq al-Badan is held under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.

“Female detainees face various sorts of violations starting from the moment of their abduction mainly at dawn and removing them from their children and families to take them to interrogation facilities for extended periods without allowing them family visits,” the PPS stated, “They face systematic violations deprived of basic rights guaranteed by International Law and all related treaties.”

The PPS also said that one of the main reasons Israeli soldiers abduct and imprison Palestinian mothers is to force their sons to turn themselves in to the army, adding that one of these cases is Itaf Jaradat, who was recently abducted because the army is trying to abduct her son.

It is worth mentioning that Itaf is also the mother of three detainees; Omar, Gheith, and Montaser, and the army demolished her home.

“The Israeli occupation tries to break the will of the Palestinians, the mothers, and the families, and we have seen many cases of how Israel abducted and imprisoned mothers because the army failed to abduct their sons,” the PPS added, “We also have thousands of cases where Palestinian mothers were never allowed visits with their families for years throughout their imprisonment. In addition, we documented hundreds of cases where Palestinian detainees lost their mothers, but Israeli laws do not allow them to attend the funerals of their loved ones….”

“Even the mothers, who aren’t imprisoned by Israel, face serious violations, by not being allowed to visit with their imprisoned husbands, sons or daughters,” the PPS said, “Add to that the suffering of mothers and wives whose sons or husbands died in Israeli prisons after years of not being allowed to visit with them.”

The following are the names of imprisoned mothers:

  1. Isra’ Ja’abis from Jerusalem, serving a prison sentence of eleven years.
  2. Fadwa Hammad, Jerusalem – 10 years.
  3. Amani al-Hasheem, Jerusalem – 10 years.
  4. Khitam Sa’afeen, Ramallah – 16 months.
  5. Shatha Oda, Ramallah – detained awaiting trial.
  6. Itaf Jaradat, Jenin – detained awaiting trial.
  7. Shorouq al-Badan, Bethlehem – Administrative Detention.
  8. Fatima Oleyyan, Bethlehem – detained awaiting trial.
  9. Saadiya Farajallah, Hebron – detained awaiting trial (oldest female detainee).
  10. Yasmin Sha’ban, Jenin – detained awaiting trial.

(Source / 20.03.2022)

Israeli Army Abducts A Former Political Prisoner Near Jenin

On Sunday at dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted a former political prisoner near Jenin in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Jenin office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the abducted Palestinian was identified as Ziad Arsan Hafeth Kilani.

The PPS said Kilani, from Saris village, south of Jenin, works as a Cab driver and was stopped by the soldiers at a military roadblock near Deir Sharaf northwest of Nablus, in northern West Bank.

The soldiers also stopped and searched dozens of cars and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

On Sunday at dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded Nabi Saleh, Beit Rima, Deir Ghassana, Kafr Ein, and Qarawa, in the northern West Bank governorate of Nablus, searched and ransacked many homes, and closed the iron gate at the main entrance of Nabi Saleh.

In the southern West Bank governorate of Hebron, the soldiers invaded Sa’ir, as-Samu’, and Yatta towns, searched and ransacked many homes before abducting seven young Palestinian men.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Tal village, southwest of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, searched homes, and abducted a teenage boy, Saleh Yassin Aseeda, 17.

(Source / 20.03.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Invade Several Communities In Ramallah

On Sunday at dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded Nabi Saleh, Beit Rima, Deir Ghassana, Kafr Ein, and Qarawa, in the northern West Bank governorate of Nablus, searched and ransacked many homes, and closed the iron gate at the main entrance of Nabi Saleh.

Local sources said the soldiers closed the iron gate at the main entrance of Nabi Saleh before stopping and searching many cars and refused to allow the Palestinians through, forcing them to leave and seek alternate, longer routes to reach their work or schools.

It is worth mentioning that the gate, closed by the soldiers in Nabi Saleh, is also used by Palestinians driving to and from many surrounding villages and towns in addition to Salfit and some of its villages in the central West Bank.

The soldiers also invaded Beit Rima, Deir Ghassana, Kafr Ein, and Qarawa, before searching homes, especially in Beit Rima.

Local sources in Beit Rima said the soldiers invaded the town to abduct a former political prisoner, Omar Abdullah Rimawi but failed to locate him.

They added that the soldiers invaded and ransacked Omar’s home and several relatives’ homes, causing damage. Omar previously spent four years in Israeli prisons.

Many Palestinians protested the invasion hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at the army jeeps before the soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Tal village, southwest of Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank, searched homes, and abducted a teenage boy.

The soldiers also invaded Sa’ir, as-Samu’ and Yatta towns, in the southern West Bank governorate of Hebron, searched and ransacked many homes before abducting seven young Palestinian men.

(Source / 20.03.2022)

Army Abducts A Teenage Boy In Nablus

On Sunday at dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded Tal village, southwest of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, searched homes, and abducted a teenage boy.

Media sources said the invasion was carried out by several armored military jeeps before the soldiers stormed and ransacked homes.

They added that the soldiers abducted Saleh Yassin Aseeda, 17, from his home and took him to an unknown location.

The soldiers also invaded Madama village, the ad-Dahia area in Nablus, in addition to Askar Al-Qadeem and Askar al-Jadeed refugee camps before storming and ransacking many homes.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Sa’ir, as-Samu’ and Yatta towns, in the southern West Bank governorate of Hebron, searched and ransacked many homes before abducting seven young Palestinian men.

(Source / 20.03.2022)

Army Abducts Seven Palestinians In Hebron

On Sunday at dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded Sa’ir, as-Samu’ and Yatta towns, in the southern West Bank governorate of Hebron, searched and ransacked many homes before abducting seven young Palestinian men.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said several army vehicles invaded Sa’ir town, northeast of Hebron, searched several homes, and abducted Hakam Hamed Shalalda, Rafat Yousef Shalalda, Mohammad Ibrahim Shalalda, and Ibrahim Issa Shalalda.

The PPS added that the soldiers also invaded several homes in the as-Samu’ town, south of Hebron, before abducting Mosallam Khalayla.

The soldiers also Yatta town, south of Hebron, and abducted Salama Nawaj’a after storming his home and searching it.

(Source / 20.03.2022)